From spam to Instagram, The Big Internet Museum catalogs it all

the big internet museum

If you've ever wondered how the world wide web came to be, who designated the "at symbol" for use with emails, or even the origin of web search engine Alta Vista, The Big Internet Museum has the answers for you. Created by three employees of Dutch advertising agency TBWA\NEBOKO, The Big Internet Museum is an online-only resource that highlights the many milestones that occurred throughout the existence of the internet, dating back to the creation of its precursor, the Pentagon's ARPAnet, in 1969. The collection is organized in separate categories — appropriately referred to as wings — and will also feature temporary exhibits that highlight specific topics, such as the history of Adobe Flash. To take a trip through the museum, head to the source link below.

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